Councillors reject plans for late night Lavender Hill bar

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Councillors have backed Wandsworth residents who were opposed to a new late night bar opening in Clapham Junction.

Wandworth’s licensing sub-committee has refused to grant a late drinks licence to the Grand Union bar and restaurant in Lavender Hill.

The owners had asked for a licence that would have permitted them to serve drinks to nearly 400 customers as late as 3 am at weekends and to play music until 2.30 am. No surprise that local residents were worried by the proposal.

The premise currently has a licence in connection with its former use as a restaurant which permitted the scale of alcohol until 11pm on weekends and weekdays and until 10.30pm on a Sunday.

Residents living in the area argued that the argued that the late night licence would cause noise nuisance and could lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour. The Met Police also expressed anxiety about the venue’s size, capacity and opening hours, while the council’s noise team said it had concerns about the level of sound caused by customers arriving and leaving late at night.

Chairman of the sub-committee Cllr Caroline Usher said, “Having heard the evidence and listened carefully to both sides of the argument, we strongly felt that allowing these premises to remain open until 3am would be a mistake.”

Adding, “The impact on neighbours, especially those with young children would have just been too intrusive and too severe.”

 

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